Pregnancy Announcement - 25 week update

23 November 2016

Back in July, I did the most exciting/scary test of my life. It was a pregnancy test.

Fast forward to today, and I’m 25 weeks pregnant.

It feels so good to type that.

Most people on Twitter/Instagram know I’m pregnant (thank you so much if you’ve congratulated us!), but I haven’t got round to sitting down and writing about the process until now. This is due to moving house, work, and general life stuff. Not to mention how rough I felt at the beginning of the pregnancy. But I feel that the time is now right to let this pregnancy be a part of my blog and take you all along with me for the next 15 weeks. I’d love it if you joined both Dan and I in our journey from here.

Dan and I are over the moon. This baby was so wanted and is already so, so loved. We feel incredibly blessed to have been given the opportunity to be parents, and have grasped the past few months in both hands, not to mention rapidly preparing ourselves for the future.

Whenever you tell people that you’re pregnant, there’s a whole host of questions that are asked, so I’ve put together a little Q&A so you can read into the last 25 weeks of my life.

When & how did you find out you were pregnant?
Thursday 7th July. Dan and I bought the tests together during the week, but I did the first test on my own. When I saw it had come up positive, I decided to take it on a dog walk with us that morning (it sounds weird, but I just wanted to be in the open and just the two of us when I told him.) Dan was running through the field with the dogs slightly ahead and I shouted at him to turn around. I was holding the test. When he turned around, he said ‘Oh my god. Is it positive?!’ and I shouted back ‘Well I wouldn’t walk around with a negative pregnancy test in my jeans pocket would I!’ We both cracked up laughing and had the hugest hug in the middle of a field. It was wonderful.

When we got home, we did a Clearblue Digital test, and it showed that I was between 4-5 weeks pregnant. We celebrated by going to visit our new house (knowing that our baby would be coming home there!) and having Mexican for lunch. It was an amazing day.

Did you know you were pregnant before taking the test?
Something inside of me just told me I was pregnant. I had been having odd symptoms when away on holiday the weeks before, and my body just felt different. Dan thought I was pregnant too and was getting really excited, but I just wanted to take my time, not get my hopes up etc. My main symptoms were severe fatigue (and I mean the worst fatigue in my life. I will never moan about being tired ever again), the worst breast pain in my life and finally, missing my period.

Did you suffer with morning sickness?
Unfortunately, I did. I had more chronic nausea than sickness itself, but I was sick too. The nausea I had was unlike anything I’ve experienced in my life. It’s like a force that takes over your whole body, and at points I was unable to move. I hardly ate between weeks 7-15 and lost a fair bit of weight. I would say that I didn’t start feeling more human until around 18 weeks. Fortunately, things have been a lot better since then!

How did you tell your family?
For the majority of people, we waited until after our 12 week scan to tell people the good news, but we wanted to let some of our close family and friends know. This was around the 7/8 week mark. We didn’t do anything crazy with breaking the news – literally just told them when they were all together. Everyone was really excited and happy. My particular highlight was telling my brother and his girlfriend. They both cried because it meant so much to them – I wasn’t expecting it at all and it made me so happy.

How many weeks are you now?
I am 25 weeks exactly, which means I have 15 not so long weeks left to go! It might seem like a long time, but it’s really not. Once Christmas is out the way, the countdown will be steaming ahead! Baby is currently the size of a large papaya!

When is your due date?
March 11th - this was weirdly my due date when I was born. I’m really pleased to be having a March baby!

Are you finding out the gender?
We’re 100% not finding out. We were both certain from the outset that we didn’t want to find out what we were having, as it’s the best surprise you can ever have. It’s 50/50 what you’re having, and whether it’s a boy or a girl, it’s going to be the best result. We don’t get many surprises in life anymore, and we can’t wait to meet our little one.

Do you have a nickname for the baby?
Yes! We call the bump ‘Peanut’ (even though it’s not much of a peanut size anymore!).

Have you picked out names?
Provisionally, yes. Although we will keep these quiet until we’ve had the baby!

Do you have a birth plan?
I would like to have a water birth in the most natural way possible. In a perfect world, I would have minimal pain relief and coach myself through the labour by breathing techniques and music. I’m currently exploring the potential of hypnobirthing, but have yet to decide if this is for me.

Do you have a bump?
Yes, but only just! It has genuinely taken me to around this point in the pregnancy to even look pregnant. I know everyone’s body is different, but I got down about not showing for a little bit. Some people show from the word go, some from around week 14, some around week 18...but for me, I just took until week 25. I’m carrying very high, so it’s still not a definitive round bump, but I’ve been assured that this will change in the coming weeks when baby drops a little. My bump is at its most prominent when I wake up in the mornings.

Have you had any weird cravings?
Yes! Vinegar – on everything! One day, I even made Dan march into a fish and chip shop and purchase one pickled onion, because I needed to taste vinegar THAT badly! I’ve also been going mad for fresh tomatoes chopped into slices and sprinkled with a little salt. One weird thing I’ve had is that I’ve hardly been able to eat meat, at all. I’m only slowly bringing it back into my diet as I feel like I can eat it now. It was the weirdest feeling to try and eat chicken, only for me to gag if it went anywhere near my face. So odd.

Hopefully these questions clear up the last 25 weeks or so. I’m still learning as I’m going along, as is Dan, and we’re loving the process of seeing my body change, feeling the baby kick and plan for the future. I’m aiming to do lots of updates from now, on the blog and on my YouTube, so please do stick around for the journey.

We’re so excited to meet Baby Gardner!

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  1. Huge Congratulations again! Such an exciting time & lovely that you want to share it with us! xx

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